Report: Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII hasn't killed PUBG on Steam

Report: Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII hasn't killed PUBG on Steam

It would seem that this year's Call of Duty Black Ops IIII has had little to no impact on the playerbase of battle royale veteran PUBG.

That's according to data from GitHyp, which shows that Playerunknown's Battlegrounds' audience dropped by just four per cent over the weekend in the wake of Black Ops IIII's launch. That's only a decline of 24,000 players, which isn't even that bad. The site notes that the game lost more than 20 per cent of its userbase in May.

It is quite early to draw any conclusions, however. Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII has been out for just one week and - despite all the PR spin - we don't really have much of an indication of how the game has performed commercially. Nor do we know how big its audience is. The project's impact on PUBG will become more apparent in the coming weeks.

What is more interesting isn't PUBG players moving to COD - it's which consumers are. Roughly half of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds' users are from China - it's unclear whether this audience will be switching to Activision's offering.

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Alex Calvin launched in August 2017 and has been its editor since. Prior to this, he was deputy editor at UK based games trade paper MCV and content editor for marketing and events for London Games Festival 2017. His work has also appeared in Eurogamer, The Observer, Kotaku UK, Esquire UK and Develop.


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